Latest Portugal National Soccer Team News

The Latest: Lukaku scores twice as Belgium beats Panama 3-0

Jun. 18, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 7:53 p.m. Belgium broke lose in the second half to defeat newcomer Panama 3-0 in its opening World Cup game in Sochi. After struggling to find the net in the first half, the talented Belgian squad comfortably reached victory with a goal...

Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup

Jun. 18, 2018 11:17 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal can send Morocco to an early World Cup exit on Wednesday. A second straight defeat would ensure elimination for the North African side which has not let an opposing player score in this World Cup campaign since 2015. An own goal by Morocco forward Aziz...

'Iranian Messi' feels at home at World Cup before Spain game

Jun. 18, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — It was on a cold night of November two years ago that Iran center forward Sardar Azmoun displayed his class to the world. Playing against Bayern Munich in the Champions League with his Russian Premier League club Rostov, Azmoun collected a pass from a teammate on the edge of the area....

The Latest: Top teams have trouble winning at World Cup

Jun. 17, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Parity has come to the World Cup. Five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. Only two of the top dozen teams have victories. Top-ranked Germany lost to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil...

Overlooked Costa in position to leave his mark at World Cup

Jun. 17, 2018 8:48 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Even with a pair of goals himself, Diego Costa joined the chorus praising his higher-profile opponent's hat trick in Spain's 3-3 draw with Portugal. "Cristiano Ronaldo is Cristiano Ronaldo," Costa said. "I wish I could be like him." But make no mistake about it: Costa knows he has the...

The Latest: Croatia beats Nigeria on own-goal, penalty kick

Jun. 16, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 12 a.m. Luka Modric scored on a penalty kick after Croatia went ahead on an own-goal by Nigeria in a 2-0 victory in their World Cup match on Saturday night. Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebo deflected the ball into his own net in the 32nd...

Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

Jun. 16, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — If there is one flaw in Lionel Messi's genius, it might be his failure to score penalty kicks in big games. Add Messi's saved attempt against Iceland on Saturday at the World Cup to misses for Argentina in shootouts for the Copa America title, and for Barcelona in a Champions League semifinal...

Ronaldo with chance to prove he can also thrive at World Cup

Jun. 16, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — After conquering Europe with his club and his country, Cristiano Ronaldo is out to show he can also dominate on the world stage. The Portugal forward hasn't been at his best in past World Cups, but his opening hat trick in Russia is a sign that things are starting to change. Ronaldo...

Spain still behind De Gea after forgettable World Cup opener

Jun. 16, 2018 8:17 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — David De Gea had a forgettable World Cup debut as goalkeeper for Spain but quickly turned his focus to the bigger picture for the national team. "We didn't even lose," he said after Spain's 3-3 draw with Portugal to open Group B. De Gea had a blunder late in the first half that allowed...

Mission impossible might be possible for Iran at World Cup

Jun. 16, 2018 6:27 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Mission impossible might just be possible for Iran. The scoreboard inside St. Petersburg Stadium read "MOROCCO 0, IRAN 1," a beautiful sight for the thousands of Iranians — women, as well as men — who flocked to Russia to see their team win a World Cup match for...